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Rising senior Applied Mathematics major Alayna Roesener and math professor, Dr. Ben Wilson, are doing research this summer as part of Stevenson's Summer Science Scholars Research Program (S3RP) in the field of mathematics education. The goal of their research is to understand the effects the recommendations of the 2018 publication, Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics, from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) on high school mathematics education. Catalyzing Change outlines a series of four key guidelines for high schools to implement in order to improve mathematics education including the elimination of student and teacher tracking, focusing on teaching a set of “Essential Concepts”, improving teaching practices that are consistent with research-informed methods, and offering continuous, four-year mathematics pathways for all students. Alayna and Dr. Wilson are interviewing middle and high school math educators, administrators, and curriculum developers to get a better sense of the current state of high school mathematics education. Specifically, they would like to learn how well it aligns with the recommendations of Catalyzing Change and whether or not there are plans to work toward the guidelines laid out in the publication.  This research experience is a great opportunity for Alayna as her career plan is to be a high school math teacher.